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Oct 9, 2017 - Wuhan

About to disembark from the boat. It's been a lovely relaxing experience, lots of good food and experiences. Learned to play Chinese mahjong which is less complicated than American, fewer tiles and no card. We are in Wuhan 10 million pop. A small city by Chinese standards lit looks prosperous with many, many high rises including what will be the 2nd tallest building in the world when completed. Last night many of the high rises on both sides of the river were illuminated with a spectacular light show. Hard to capture on camera, especially...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Out of the Gorge

We are out of the gorge. This is last day on boat. We went to a school yesterday. 52 students in a first grade class with very few supplies, books etc. The children were absolutely lovely. Lots of singing and dancing. The afternoon lectures on modern china, Chinese culture and Chinese history are fascinating. Pictures still won't go through. Hazel The commerce by ship up and down the river is intense. Lots of ore coal sand etc plus Hugh ships filled with 190's of shiny new autos. The city of 10 million here in Wuhan is so modern similar to...

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Oct 25, 2015 - Off The Boat & On To Shanghai

We disembarked the boat at 8.30am, boarded yet another coach and headed to Wuhan for our last internal flight to Shanghai. Wuhan turned out to be another modern Chinese city with forests of tower block flats, most of which seemed to be empty or still under construction. We had lunch at another of the large restaurants in the city centre but it was a bit different this time as each table group was in their own room. A lot nicer in many ways but the same scramble to get a reasonable share of the better dishes. We had an hour free after lunch...

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Jul 26, 2015 - A Lost Day

July 26: A Lost Day Shanghai Facts and Observations: --24 million people; largest city in China -People are exceptionally friendly (several came up to talk to Gary as he was smoking his cigars on the street. --One of world’s most important ports; began as tiny fishing village 5,000 years ago. --Major silk producer --City of contrasts: architecture (Gothic, Renaissance; Art Nouveau, old and new, contemporary living units (high rises and garden apts. EVERYWHERE; shiny new to shanties) financial and trade center; narrow streets;...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Cruising the Yangzi

After a restful night, we woke to heavy haze, humidity and heat on the Yangzi. We spent some time enjoying the flat scenery from our veranda, then headed down to breakfast. I don't know why I thought I would lose weight on this trip, because that is not going to happen. The food on the ship is very good and in high abundance. It was a leisurely day on the river as we cruised upstream towards Yichang. Our itinerary had us visiting a local school today, but because school is out for the summer, the students were going to visit us on the ship....

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Jul 17, 2014 - Farewell to Shanghai!

We had a restful morning to pack and get ready to take the 1st of our 3 inter-China flights. We are heading to Wuhan today to catch our cruise ship. Before we leave Shanghai we made one more stop at the Bund, which is the city's riverside promenade. This area has a very western feel to it because after the Opium War the British built many of the buildings here. 10 - 15 years ago the other side of the Huangpu River was rice paddies and farms, today it is filled with highrises and condos. Just more evidence of how fast Shanghai has grown in...

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May 23, 2013 - Stage 3, Yueyang to Wuhan.

Well, if we thought the taxi drive from the train station to Yueyang was bad, then the taxi drive back to the train station was even worse. It must be something in the air here because we haven't experienced this level of aggressive, impatient driving anywhere else in China (yet!). Anyway, we took a punt (we hadn't booked train tickets) and just fronted up to the train station late morning. Our logic was that, as Yueyang was on the main line to Wuhan, it should not be a problem getting tickets. It worked, the first train through was fully...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Tuesday 16th October

Early breakfast then a 1 hour cruise up the Shennong stream where we transferred to local sampans for a further hour trip. The boatmen who manned the sampans live a two hour hike up the side and over the top of the gorge to their village. Lots of reconstructed towns/villages to replace those buried by the rise of the water level. During the afternoon we passed through the WU and QUTANG gorges. A pleasant relaxing day.

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 15, 2012 - Sunday 14th October - leaving Beijing for our Yanjgtze cruise

Up at 4.30am. Breakfast at 5am then out of the hotel to the airport. A two hour flight to Wuhan where it was even more polluted that Beijing. According to our guide the pollution was due to the heavy industry in the area including a number of major car manufaturers. At one point you could not even see a quarter of a mile across the fields. On arrival in Jinzhou we had lunch then went to the Jinzhou museum which was built in 1957 to house local ecavated finds. Jinzhou is a 5th level city compared to Beijing (which would be a level 1). Many...

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 15, 2012 - Monday 15 October

A lazy morning on the boat. Lunch and then a trip to the Three Gorges Dam Site. An impressive engineering feat that is in its final stages of construction which is scheduled to end in 2015. The site has excellent tourist facilities which include elevators to move you upwards! The entrance and general area appear to be controlled by the military. back to the boat for the rest of the day. We left the dock in the evening and headed into the first of five docks we were to go through that night.

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GillandDaveinChina

May 6, 2012 - The Dam & On to Wuhan

We had to have our bag out by 7 a.m. for collection and loading to the bus for our trip to Wuhan. Then, we had our last breakfast on board. I have to say I won’t miss this food at all; it was adequate but not great. Finally, we were ready to disembark and board the bus for the trip to Three Gorges Dam. It was so terribly cloudy and overcast, it was difficult to see anything. The Dam Project is the largest water conservancy project ever built and is located in the middle of the longest Gorge, the Xiling Gorge, at a site called Sandouping....

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Our Oriental Odyssey

Apr 8, 2012 - Beijing - Wuhan - Yichang

We'll board Air China #1475 at 11:30 for Wuhan, then coach to Yichang. In the afternoon, we board the MS Yangtze Two. There's a great You Tube video about the ship at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8mK0iFMI1M. ............................................................................................................................. 08Apr – Beijing flt to Wuhan; coach to Yichang; board ms Yangtze 2 Today was a travel day with a 2-hr flight from Beijing to Wuhan. Much to our surprise, we got a hot meal for lunch on the aircraft (rice,...

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